Category: Municipal Law

NJ Supreme Court Narrows Keyport Decision

Legislation Clarifies Standard for Sex Abuse Suits Against Public Entities

The New Jersey Legislature is advancing a bill that clarifies the standard for liability in sexual abuse lawsuits against public entities and public employees. Senate Bill 3739 aims to address the confusion created by recently enacted Senate Bill 477, which extended the statute of limitations for civil sexual abuse claims. The new standards are

Appellate Division Upholds Township’s Billboard Approval

In Estee Vineyards, Inc. v. Cranbury Twp. Planning Bd., the Appellate Division upheld a planning board’s approval of a billboard along the New Jersey Turnpike. According to the appeals court, because the billboard was a permitted use under the zoning ordinance, the Cranbury Township Planning Board (Board) couldn’t deny the billboard

New Jersey Senate Committee Advances PILOT Legislation

The New Jersey Senate is currently considering legislation that would impose new obligations on municipalities that grant long-term tax exemptions. Under the proposed bill, municipalities would be required to share funds collected under payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreements with school districts. As we have previously discussed on the Scarinci Hollenbeck Government & Law

New Jersey Court Clarifies Veteran Property Tax Exemption

Appellate Division Clarifies Veteran Property Tax Exemption

In Pruent-Stevens v. Township of Toms River, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court addressed the eligibility for the veteran’s property tax exemption under N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.30. The appeals court reversed the New Jersey Tax Court in holding that once a widow/widower remarries they permanentlylose their eligibility for the disabled veterans property

Public bidding

Will Online Bidding Soon Be Available for New Jersey Public Works Construction Projects?

Technology has made it easier to conduct a wide range of transactions. It could soon be used to modernize the bidding process for public works construction projects in New Jersey. The Assembly State and Local Government Committee recently advanced the Electronic Bidding Construction Act, which would require most public contracting

NJ Court Rules Variance Condition Discriminated Against Renters

NJ Court Rules Variance Condition Discriminated Against Renters

In Tirpak v. Borough of Point Pleasant Beach Bd. of Adjustment, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court invalidated a variance provision and associated deed restriction that required one unit of a two-family dwelling to be occupied by the owner and not rented to a third-party tenant. The decision

New Jersey Senate Greenlights Main Street Assistance Program

New Jersey Senate Greenlights Main Street Assistance Program

The New Jersey Senate recently passed legislation that would establish an economic development incentive program to encourage business growth in the commercial areas of smaller municipalities. A companion bill is pending before the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Main Street Assistance Program  Senate Bill No. 2256would establish the “Main

filing fee

Appellate Division Strikes Down County Register’s Convenience Fee for Electronic Filing

In New Jersey Land Title Association v. Rone, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2019), the Appellate Division addressed whether a county register or clerk has the authority to charge a “convenience fee” for the electronic filing of documents regarding real property. The Appellate Division held that under New Jersey law such fees